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#WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE by willowdot21 

Back to Morgana and Merlin’s latest adventures by willowdot21 

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BRIDGE prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.

Bridge
Bridge – Image by KL Caley

“Where the hell have you been?” Merlin was not looking his calm self. “What is it honey, did you miss me?” Morgana sighed reaching for a cigarette. “No not at all but as it happens we have a situation, while you’ve been off playing Merry Maidens with the guy in green tights…by the way what are you wearing? No don’t answer that we have a problem.”
Morgana exhaled filling the car with smoke and held her hand up. “Hold your horses Merl ” she actually shouted making him jump. ”

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 K.L. Caley’s #writephoto: The Bridge. | willowdot21

Much Love
KL 

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#WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE by Keep it alive 

Wonderful pearls of wisdom and a lovely insight to her father by Keep it alive 

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BRIDGE prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.

Bridge
Bridge – Image by KL Caley

“We will cross the bridge when we will come to it” This was what my father used to say when I was worrying about things that might happen.

I know I’m biased but I have never come across anyone who was as patient or kind as him. He would always listen to me when I’d share my fears and apprehension about my future. And was always ready with good advice.

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WritePhoto # Bridge – Keep it alive 

Much Love
KL 

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#WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE by Ladyleemanila

An intriguing entry by Ladyleemanila

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BRIDGE prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.

Bridge
Bridge – Image by KL Caley

In the journey of life, it’s not always smooth sailing
Rough ways, getting lost, storms and other set-backs
We can’t stand still as the sky might fall
After rainy days we see flowers blooming
The daffodils, tulips, bluebells and the lilacs
We go through life, don’t have to look for cure-all

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#WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE – Ladyleemanila

Much Love
KL 

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#WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE by pensitivity101

Di shows us that a little local knowledge can go a long way to avoiding disaster over at pensitivity101

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BRIDGE prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.

Bridge
Bridge – Image by KL Caley

Sam looked on as they put the finishing touches to the bridge. It had been erected in record time and would be an alternative to travelling some ten miles downriver.
He was joined by an elderly man out for the day on his bicycle who stopped to chat.
‘Nice lookin’ bridge,’ he said.
‘Thanks!’ Sam replied.
‘You design it?’

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Much Love
KL 

Posted in Un-block Challenges

Walking Through The Flames

“In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
First
Must
Burn.”

– Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

Left Foot

Right Foot

One step

After another

Ever forward

Even though it often felt she was still

Or going backwards

Yet she never repeated

Life was for learning

Sometimes the pain felt unbearable

Yet through the flames

She could see just a glimpse

Of the life she wanted

Step

Step

Step.


In order to rise from its own ashes a phoenix first must burn Quote. - Octavia Butler
In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix first must burn Quote. – Octavia Butler

I was going to write a long-winded post here about how whilst going through one of the most difficult times in my life one of my closest and oldest friendships came to an end. Yet, just 12 months on from that I had made a new group of friends to who I am very grateful. However, the post ended up reading like a sob story with me prattling on endlessly, so I have removed it. I am sure everyone has their moment in the flames, and I truly hope (although you might not see it at that moment in time), bigger and better things await you in the future, that one day you will look back on and be thankful for.

Originally written in response to

  • Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) – Order
  • FOWC with Fandango – Prattle.

Take Care.
KL

Posted in I LOVE BOOKS

Review of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am very late to discover Jon Ronson and The Psychopath Test which appears to now be a cult classic. To be honest, I’d never heard of it, but came across it in a store and was intrigued by the title, the cover and then the blurb. It was reasonably priced, so I decided to give it a go and I am so pleased I did.

Firstly, this book is non-fiction (I mostly read fiction and honestly when you read parts of this you might mistake it for a psychological thriller).

This story is what it says on the cover, a journey. So, you learn more and more about what it means to be a psychopath and how they are defined (these days). The book starts with a strange hoax that has been sent to a variety of individuals in the world.

Cover: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Cover: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

It then introduces us to The Hare Psychopathy checklist, the standard screening test for potential psychopaths. Suddenly, armed with this material Jon is finding everyone around him seems to have these psychopathic traits (and indeed many do as most people display some symptoms of psychopathy). Jon is particularly interested in the business world after finding out psychopaths are found in greater proportions among CEOs and indeed meets some very interesting individuals in the process.

Alongside this is the story of Tony. Tony committed GBH at the age of seventeen and in an attempt to evade the prison system decided to feign madness. He was then imprisoned in Broadmoor. He then had the difficult job of convincing people he was sane and twelve years on still hadn’t. As he says, how do you sit in a sane way, how do you act in a sane way? With psychologists watching your every move the more normal you try to act, the more self-conscious you become. It becomes a vicious cycle. So, is he a psychopath or not? Well, that’s what Jon tries to figure it.

I often think it’s useful to see an extract of a book to get an idea of the writing style.
GRAPHIC CONTENT
Here is a brief extract so that you can see a sample of the writing yourself:

‘One of my old buds from the FBI was investigating this woman, Karla Homolka,’ Bob had told me earlier. ‘She and her husband had videotaped themselves torturing and raping and murdering these young women. The police were taking her through the house where they’d cut up the bodies, carved them up, and Karla was saying, “My sister would like that rug…”. They took her into the bathroom and Karla was saying, “Can I ask you something? I had a bottle of perfume here…” Totally disconnected.’

As mentioned above, some of the writing and scenes are quite graphic, as you can imagine they would be in a book of this kind, dealing with mental health and violence.

💭 Overall View: I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never really read anything like it before. I did study psychology in college when I was younger so I do have an interest in this topic and understanding how people’s minds work. It’s odd and it’s not the quickest read but it is interesting and I find myself reflecting back on it.

P.s. Jon has also done a TED talk on this book which people may find interesting.

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#WRITEPHOTO – BANDSTAND by Stine Writing

A relaxed day by Stine Writing

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BANDSTAND prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a green bandstand in a park. Nearby is a long building with windows overlooking the bandstand.

Band Stand
Band Stand Image by KL Caley

You could hear the squeal of laughter as the children ran round and round the bandstand. In a few hours the grass surrounding the bandstand would be filled with checkered blankets laid out with wine and cheese.

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#writephoto — Bandstand – Stine Writing

Much Love
KL 

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#WRITEPHOTO – BANDSTAND by pensitivity101

A look back on the bandstand of days gone by from pensitivity101

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BANDSTAND prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a green bandstand in a park. Nearby is a long building with windows overlooking the bandstand.

Band Stand
Band Stand Image by KL Caley

They say you cannot go back, that places are never the same as we remember them.
How very true, but the memories are always there.

In my younger days, there was a bandstand in the park which was in use every weekend throughout the Summer. Flanked by aromatic flower beds in riotous colour, you could hire a deckchair for an hour or so to sit and listen to the band as they played. It was a respite for parents too as their kids could paddle safely in the little stream that ran alongside, one which was carefully maintained and never deeper that a few inches. Paper sail boats were popular, most handmade from a scrap of wood, a stick for a mast and a paper napkin.

There is something about the sound of a brass band, be it of the Salvation Army, armed forces, or even a school concert. The music is in a class of its own,  even the most melancholy of ballads touches your soul, makes your skin tingle, and gets into your heart, raising your spirits. Or at least it does for me.

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Much Love
KL 

Posted in #writephoto Challenge

Roll up! ROLL UP! #WRITEPHOTO BLOGGERS

Today, I’ve got my top hat and red jacket on and I’m feeling quite shouty and excited!

Roll up!

ROLL UP!

#Writephoto Bloggers.

WE NEED YOU!

Do you want to join in with the breath-taking, hair-raising, thought-provoking, imagination-exploring, secret-revealing, world-renowned (sort of) weekly writing prompt?

As many of you know, every Thursday at Noon GMT I post a new #writephoto prompt, where I ask users to use the image and/or prompt title as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.

But wait, there is more…

Well, I have been a busy bee, in the background of the new #writephoto HQ and I have mapped out my favourite photo’s for the remaining Thursdays of the year and I currently have 1 last space for 2021 up for grabs (but of course there are plenty of spaces in 2022).

So, in honour of Sue, who kindly gave me permission to continue her #writephoto prompt, I would like to pass this sharing over to you.

Do you have a photo squirrelled away that you always thought would make a great #writephoto prompt?

If you are happy for it to be shared, please email me a copy of it at kl.caley@yahoo.co.uk

My intention is to once a month have a guest spotlight photo.

I hope you all agree, this is a nice tribute to Sue, who shared so much with us all. If you have time, this post of hers outlining how the #writephoto challenge not only came about but grew into what it is today, makes for a lovely read. Who really made the rules? | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo 

A special THANK YOU to the following superstars who have already participated in our monthly spot:

#writephoto Guest Photos – 2021 so far.

Much Love,
KL

P.S. Please share this with others who may wish to take up the #writephoto challenge too:

Enjoy ❤️. Like 👍. Share 😊.

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#WRITEPHOTO – BANDSTAND by Ladyleemanila

A busy day in the park by Ladyleemanila 

Thank you so much for taking part in #Writephoto – BANDSTAND prompt.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a green bandstand in a park. Nearby is a long building with windows overlooking the bandstand.

Band Stand
Band Stand Image by KL Caley

Cycled to Waldwirtschaft
We had beer and Brezen
The weather was brilliant
Our favourite jazz band

Cycled to the forest
With joggers and cyclists
Children having ice-cream
Cycled to Waldwirtschaft

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#WRITEPHOTO – BANDSTAND – Ladyleemanila

Much Love
KL